Eddie Gildea

About Me

Growing up in the Greater Boston area I participated in a variety of sports, however, by my early teens, my primary focus was skiing. After two years of being one of the top youth skiers in New England, I made the decision to pursue a spot on the U.S. Ski Team.

Although my short term goal was to be an athlete, I did not want my education to be compromised. From a young age I have had a strong ability in mathematics and It has always been my favorite subject in school. In order to balance academics and athletics, I did the majority of high school online.

When I was 17, I had my major breakthrough. Skiing on the professional circuit, I had numerous top ten results against the best skiers in the world. In the spring of 2015 I finished 4th at Total Fight in Andorra, and 9th at the Dumont Cup, leading to my selection to the US Ski Team. At this point, I was ranked 29th in the world and 5th for 18 and under.

Over the next two years I had a series of injuries, the most devastating of which was two knee injuries requiring extensive surgery. These injuries, coupled with the economic realities of the sport, made it illogical to continue pursuing a berth at the Olympics.

I am currently attending Wentworth Institute of Technology and pursuing a degree in Applied Mathematics and am also a part of Northeastern University’s ROTC program.